Thirsty Ear's Peter Gordon assumes acting prez role.

Don Rose will step down from his role as acting president of trade group the American Association of Independent Music (AAIM) on Oct. 1. Thirsty Ear Recordings president Peter Gordon has been named new acting president.

Rose was unable to make the permanent move from Boston to New York, where AAIM is headquartered, according to an official announcement from the organization. Rose has lead AAIM since its launch in 2005, and seen the trade group grow to one with more than 200 label members.

Rose has also established several committees to tackle radio, digital and legislative issues, among others. It was unknown if Rose would continue to have a voice in the group.

Gordon founded Thirsty Ear in 1977, and opened the U.S. arm of Beggars Banquet and 4AD in the mid-80s. He served as Beggar's managing director until the mid-90s. A founding member of AAIM, Gordon was also named VP of the Worldwide Independent Network—an organization that represents more than 25 independent music associations from around the world—earlier this year.